Celebrities go nude at Met Ball

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Ball gowns in all shades of nude dominated the red carpet at New York's star-studded Met Ball, held to honor the Metropolitan Museum's spring exhibition, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore a strapless, floor-length gown by Burberry in the 'non-color,' and her colleague, Sasha Pivovarova's knee-length Marni dress combined the naked hue with black insets.

If it wasn't nude, it was metallic, with actresses Marion Cotillard (in Dior), Anne Hathaway (in Valentino), Jennifer Lopez (in Zuhair Murad), and Nicole Richie (in Marc Jacobs) all wearing sparkles. US Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who co-hosted the event with TV host Oprah Winfrey (in an against-the-current dark dress by Oscar de la Renta) also participated in the trend, but her silver outfit by Chanel Haute Couture, consisting of a gathered dress and long blazer, failed to excite.

Stars such as actress Sarah Jessica Parker (naturally in Halston, which she consults for) or designer Donatella Versace combined these two tendencies into far-from-naked-looking outfits.

Both nudes and metallics have been favorites on the red carpet for quite a while, and there were a few safe-bet, black dresses - Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Louis Vuitton, Iman in Prada, Kristen Stewart in Chanel - but a new, refreshing trend at this event was white, with Diane Kruger wearing a simple yet elegant Calvin Klein gown, Whoopi Goldberg joining Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley in African-inspired outfits, and Emma Watson sporting a modern Burberry dress, while American sweethearts Taylor Swift and Jessica Biel both wore white Ralph Lauren dresses.

The Met Ball is known for celebrities experimenting more with their outfits than at more traditional red carpet events such as the Oscars, but many of those who tried to mix things up - Tina Fey and Alexa Chung in jumpsuits and menswear-inspired choices, for instance - fell through. Katy Perry, however, who has often been pulled to pieces by fashion critics for her daring choices, deserves respect for the choice of a creation by Cute Circuit, which featured built-in lights (Perry wore Jimmy Choo sandals whose soles light up when you walk to a previous event).

As for the popular choice of designers, it could be said that - even though Marc Jacobs contributed eight looks and GAP, the event's sponsor, collaborated with young designers for stars including Jessica Alba - for an event meant to honor the American Woman, the number of looks by US designers remained surprisingly low.